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Long Island Nets beat Westchester Knicks in “Battle of the Burbs Showdown”

(Photo Credit: Ponyx Chery)
Senglin has been big for the Nets this season

With the end of the regular season drawing near the Long Island Nets find themselves fighting for a trip to the postseason.  Having their leader Milton Doyle and the team as a whole playing hard and hungry gives them a strong chance of making it there. They seemed to adopt a “next man up approach.” Throughout the season they also have had the “superman effect” in games. Starting the game one way and then ending it completely different, Tuesday’s night game was no different. The Nets found themselves up against their crosstown rivals the Westchester Knicks.

Both teams came out the gates rolling. But eventually the Knicks started to gain the upper hand and the Nets who were coming off a two-game losing streak seemed to not have the intensity to fight back. The first half ended with a score of 44 to 35 in favor of the Knicks. Though things weren’t looking to good going into halftime. The Nets not only found their energy but also got into an offensive groove.

Jeremy Senglin who has been an effective coming off the bench had a fantastic outing. He seemed to be in all the right spots whether it getting a steal, shooting threes or playmaking. He led the way with 27 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals in his 37 minutes off the bench. Thanks to his play he was able to get the Nets their first lead since the first quarter as the third was coming to a close. Before the quarter could end however Doyle launched and made a full court shot to push their lead to 63-58. The Nets ended up outscoring the Knicks 28 to 14 in the third quarter.

The fourth was no different Doyle who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists could not miss. He was on fire in the fourth going (3-3) from the field, (3-3) from the 3-point line, and (2-2) at the free throw line.  Their defense also held the Knicks to 31.8 percent shooting, also including (1-17) beyond the arc. The Nets ended up winning by 24 and holding the Knicks to a season low 75 total points.

(Photo Credit: Ponyx Chery) Knicks struggled from the field

(Photo Credit: Ponyx Chery)
Knicks struggled from the field

Coach Nored admits that with only seven games left “all of them count now…” The Nets look to get another win on their playoff hunt heading into Thursday night. Where they find themselves up against the Westchester Knicks once more who may be looking for revenge.

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